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Springing the Blues – 25th Anniversary

For many blues performers and their audiences, the relationship between the musical performance and storytelling is definitive of the genre and central to the blues tradition. These stories are rich in history, building a legacy of perseverance and success from the early days of field hollers and slave spirituals to the stories born on dimly lit stages and preserved in dusty tomes. The started small, as stories do. Founder had an idea to create a local music festival celebrating blues music. Plans were simple – one day and six bands on a tiny, open-air stage in the heart of Jacksonville …

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A Rookie Plans for One Spark: An All-Inclusive Guide for First Timers at One Spark

Taking place in Downtown Jacksonville from April 7th through the 12th, the third annual One Spark is the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival. The festival acts as a platform for Creators to showcase their projects and ideas in the categories of Art, Education, Health & Science, Music, Technology, and Social Good. Festival attendees are then given the opportunity to contribute directly to the Creator Projects, vote for the Project to receive a portion of $350k and learn and discover new ideas from all those participating in the festival. Now that everyone is well aware of what One Spark is exactly, let’s …

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Homegrown Southern Rockers LYNYRD SKYNYRD Return Home

Lynyrd Skynyrd Live at the Florida Theatre, southern rock legends are back in their hometown – Jacksonville – filming two live concerts for an upcoming TV special and DVD. For this ultimate fan experience, Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform their first two albums, (pronounced ‘lĕh-’nérd ‘skin-’nérd) and Second Helping, in their entirety. Singer has fronted the band since 1987, far longer than the original singer, his brother Ronnie, ever did. Guitarists and have been with Skynyrd for 19 and 9 years, respectively. photos: Fran Ruchalski

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Relentless Stunts & Effects -“FURIOUS 7”

Release Date: April 3, 2015 Running Time: 2 hours and 17 minutes Rated PG-13 Directed By: James Wan Dominic Toretto, you don’t know me…you’re about to. After the successful completion of their mission in London, Dominic Toretto and his professional criminal crew are relaxing and enjoying life until a mysterious call comes in from Owen Shaw’s brother. Deckard Shaw (ex-black ops) has the resources, has partnered with an equally ruthless paramilitary leader named Jakande, and is determined to exact revenge for incapacitation of his brother. DDS Agent Hobbs finds out about Shaw’s plan when Shaw is bold enough to use …

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Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart “GET HARD”

GET HARD: Movie Review Rated: R 100 mins. Directed by: Etan Cohen Grade: B Get Hard is about a wealthy business man named James King () who is on top of the world. He has a beautiful fiancee (), the mansion and the fancy car. Plus his future father-in-law () loves him like a son. James King is living the American Dream. That is until he is accused of fraud and embezzlement, instead of taking the plea deal, King decides to go to court and believes that the court will see him as an innocent man. But the court has …

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Suspense, action, love, sacrifice and betrayal that you won’t see coming

Movie Review: INSURGENT Rated: PG 13 119 mins. Directed by: Robert Schwentke Grade: A+ Your favorite divergent, Tris () is back in the sequel to the Divergent Series: Insurgent! Along with her are  () Tris’s former Dauntless Boyfriend, Caleb: () brother and former Erudite, Peter: () Former Dauntless, who knows whose side he’s on, Eric and Max: (and ) Dauntless and Jeanie’s pets and who could forget ever so sweet Jeanie () who is now leader of all Factions. Haven’t seen the first movie? Well, let me catch you up. Jeanie is a controlling Erudite who wants to control and …

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The Iconic and Hilarious Comedy of Lucy and Desi Live On Stage in I LOVE LUCY

The classic comedy of Lucy and Ricky hits the stage this week, March 17-22, at the Moran Theater at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts for four weeknight shows, two weekend matinees and two weekend evening shows. I Love Lucy was a 1950s American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran on CBS from October 1951 to May 1957. It was the most watched television show in America four of the six years. The truth is in the title – whether young or old, everybody really does …

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Elton John at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Elton John and his band returned to Jacksonville on Saturday, March 14 as part of the “All The Hits” tour. The concert featured iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. On this concert tour, ’s band includes two of the members of his original band, on guitar and on drums (center). Other members include on bass, on keyboards, and on percussion. EU photographer Fran Ruchalski captured these great photos at the March 14th show. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: “CINDERELLA”

Release Date: March 13, 2015 Running Time: 1 hour 52 minutes Rated PG Grade: A Directed By: Starring: as Cinderella as Prince as Stepmother as Grand Duke as Captain as Ella’s Mother as Ella’s Father as Drisella as Anastasia as Young Ella as King & as Fairy Godmother Young Ella has a fairy tale life with her mother and father. When her mother passes away, she continues to grow into a beautiful young lady who has more kindness in her little finger than most people possess in their whole body. One day, her father announces that he is to remarry …

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